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    US Drones Strike Suspected Terrorists in Pakistan

    Ayaz Gul
    Two US drone strikes have struck Pakistan’s volatile North Waziristan tribal territory on the Afghan border, killing at least 16 suspected militants.  The pre-dawn attacks on Thursday have ended the longest pause in the 10-year CIA-run drone campaign.
     
    Residents and local intelligence officials report the first drone attack targeted a vehicle and a militant compound near Miranshah, the administrative center of the Pakistan tribal district.
     
    Foreigners are said to be among up to six people killed in the raid, and some of them belonged to the Haqqani Network that is fighting alongside the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. 
     
    Hours later, a drone fired missiles in the same area that reportedly killed at least 10 suspected militants.
     
    The two incidents provoked a swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. 
    Speaking shortly after the attacks at the weekly foreign ministry news conference, spokeswoman Tasneem Asla said they were working to verify what had taken place.
     
    “As regards the reports of a drone attack or attacks, we still do not have the factual position,” he said. “So, we are at the moment ascertaining the situation and facts and we will share our position once we know the facts.”
     
    In a written statement issued later, the foreign ministry spokeswoman described the strikes as a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. 
     
     
    The statement reiterated Islamabad’s longstanding position that the U.S. action damages Pakistani efforts to counter national and regional terrorism.
     
    It is widely perceived that the United States halted its drone campaign at the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government to persuade the Pakistani Taliban entrenched in Waziristan and surrounding tribal areas to peacefully end their militant activities.  .
     
    The U.S. drone strikes were long condemned by many in Pakistan as the major cause of increasing terrorism in the country.  But despite the longest pause in the decade long drone campaign, terrorist attacks have continued throughout Pakistan, killing hundreds of people.
     
    Hopes of seeking a negotiated end to the militancy were apparently ended by attacks Sunday against the main Karachi airport that killed at least 39 people.    

    * This is an updated report to correct the timing of the two foreign ministry statements.  The original report had them reversed.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 12, 2014 9:20 AM
    The US killer drone bombs keep killing American enemies in Pakistan, who are "suspected terrorists" and a lot innocents -- and completely ignore the sovereignty of the Pakistan people and country? The more the US interferes in the politics in Islamic countries like, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen, -- the more the violence, killings, destruction and wars, the US brings to those countries, and to the countries bordering on them. -- (IF ONLY?) -- If only the US hadn't interfered in these Islamic countries, hundreds of thousands of innocent people would still be alive today?

    by: suresh from: Puttaparthi
    June 12, 2014 8:30 AM
    The problem with the Pakistan is that it can not differentiate ordinary Muslims from Terrorists. They only think in terms of Muslims and non Muslims. For Burmese problem when there was some problem between Muslims and Buddhists all scholars came from various countries to India and passed resolutions regarding the suffering of Muslims in Malaysia.

    Regarding Hindu minority in Pakistan , Shias in majority of Sunni country and vice versa they are immune and insensitive.But everybody only talk bad of Hindus in India and present government. Sometimes Muslims our country protest but even Muslim countries never protest . Will the leaders of Muslims Society introspect otherwise they will loose whatever amity we show to them

    by: Cathy Thompson from: attleborough ma.
    June 12, 2014 8:26 AM
    Oops another example that the u.s.needs to let those foreign country's to do there own fighting. Were not helping.

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